Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Another Soon To Be Ignored Church Approved Marian Apparition?
But what REALLY HAPPENED at Laus?

Here's some of the article from The Associated Press; (Emphasis mine)
Roman Catholic Church recognizes 17th century apparitions of Virgin Mary to French shepherdess
The Associated Press
Published: May 4, 2008

PARIS: A Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday that the church has officially recognized that the Virgin Mary appeared to a teenage shepherd girl in the French Alps starting in the mid-1600s.

Speaking at Mass in Laus in remarks broadcast nationally on France-2 television, Monsignor Jean-Michel di Falco Leandri said he recognized the "supernatural origin" of the apparitions to 17-year-old shepherd girl Benoite Rencurel starting in 1664 and running through 1718.

The bishop, in an interview on France-Info radio, said the decision meant the church "has committed itself in an official way to say to pilgrims 'you can come here in total confidence.'" The recognition process involved a panel of experts including two theologians and an investigating judge, he said.

Radio Vatican's Web site said some 30 cardinals and bishops from around the world were expected for the Mass in Laus, to attend the "celebration" of the recognition.

The sanctuary, which was founded by Rencurel, today welcomes some 120,000 pilgrims a year — at times providing healing oils based on a method that the Virgin Mary was said to pass on to the shepherd girl, the officials said..
But then we get down to some of the meat and potatoes of the Laus Apparitions...

Here's some from SSPX Asia; (Emphasis mine)As for the disapproval of ecumenism by the Blessed Virgin we can refer to two historical examples. The first occurred at Laus, France, when Benoîte Rencurel (16471718) a modest shepherdess and a Dominican tertiary enjoyed apparitions of the Most Holy Virgin Mary for some 50 years. These apparitions have been recognized by the Church and Laus has become a fairly important place of pilgrimage up to our time. The Holy Virgin granted many graces of conversion there.5

In Abbé Roger de Labriolle’s book, Benoîte, La bergère de Notre Dame de Laus6, on page 7, we may read the following account of an event which occurred in 1668.

One of the punishments suffered by Benoîte merits being underlined in our ecumenical era. She was taking a child to be baptized at Remollon, where some Huguenots (i.e. Protestants) asked her if she believed that they were able to save themselves in their religion. ‘I leave that to the judgment of God’, she replied.

The Virgin - Gaillard affirms - corrected her saying that she had too much human respect and that she had not told the truth, because, if she had said no, some of them would have been converted. This they have not done.

As a penance she did not appear to Benoîte for a month. It was no doubt a matter of pastoral tact which did not involve a truth of the faith.

We will leave the responsibility for the last sentence with the author. On page 190 of the book, Notre Dame de Laus et la vénérable Soeur Benoîte d’après les manuscrits authentiques conservés au pieux sanctuaire,7 we find the following explanation:

One day she went to Remollan to have a child baptized. She met some Huguenots who asked her if they could be saved in their religion. ‘I will leave that to the judgement of God’, she responded. The Mother of God soon corrected her afterwards and said to her: ‘My child because you have had too much human respect and have been afraid to speak the truth, you will not see me for a month.’ The pious shepherdess wept for a long time over this fault.

A fault certainly light indeed compared to that which one can attribute today to a number of Catholic prelates who never tell the truth to Protestants, to let them know that they are in peril of losing their souls if they do not return to the Catholic Church.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Wow! Our Lady of Akita and Our Lady of Laus - what other words do we need? Are the bishops listening? Not.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Also, 1 of the main messages was that it was to be a center for people to come to receive the sacrament of confession. & since in this day & age we can't talk about sin, another reason it will be ignored.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

Hey Vir,

Check out "Our Lady of Good Success." Google that and you'll see how pertains to our time. Another quiet apparition but its importance was not supposed to be revealed until now anyway.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Hopefully this sparks a return of the Faith in France.

3:41 AM  
Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

But Vatican II says that they can be.

"The Church recognizes that in many ways she is linked with those who, being baptized, are honored with the name of Christian, though they do not profess the faith in its entirety or do not preserve unity of communion with the successor of Peter. (14*) For there are many who honor Sacred Scripture, taking it as a norm of belief and a pattern of life, and who show a sincere zeal. They lovingly believe in God the Father Almighty and in Christ, the Son of God and Saviour. (15*) They are consecrated by baptism, in which they are united with Christ. They also recognize and accept other sacraments within their own Churches or ecclesiastical communities. Many of them rejoice in the episcopate, celebrate the Holy Eucharist and cultivate devotion toward the Virgin Mother of God.(16*) They also share with us in prayer and other spiritual benefits. Likewise we can say that in some real way they are joined with us in the Holy Spirit, for to them too He gives His gifts and graces whereby He is operative among them with His sanctifying power." lumen gentium

6:05 AM  

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